Indigenous painting revealed in new Charlton College building

INTRICATE LAYERS: Saretta Fielding with her painting in the new administration building at Charlton Christian College.
INTRICATE LAYERS: Saretta Fielding with her painting in the new administration building at Charlton Christian College.

AWARD-WINNING local Aboriginal artist, Saretta Fielding, recently revealed her latest work at Charlton Christian College, at Fassifern.

The artwork titled Wupiliko Miringil Moroon, meaning "put ready for life" was commissioned by the K-to-12 school for the opening of its new administration building.

Ms Fielding, who is a parent at the school, was born in Sydney to an Aboriginal father of the Wonaruah people, and a European mother.

Her artwork is greatly influenced by family connections, relationships and Australia's beauty.

Wupiliko Miringil Moroon is an intricate, vibrant design, full of texture and layering and is rich in colour.

"Art has long been my passion," Ms Fielding said.

"I have always experimented in a variety of art mediums. I love the challenge of conveying to others, through art, how I am influenced by people, life experiences and nature's beauty.

"I aim to evoke emotion, enhance connection to spirit and country, and invite the viewer to ponder, dig deeper and experience something new."

She said Charlton Christian College engages with the local community and demonstrated a genuine interest in educating our children.

"I hope that other Aboriginal families who enter the college will see my artwork and identify through it, the empathy and desire to connect that Charlton offers."

Principal Sue Skuthorpe said the school was looking for something really special to connect the new building to the land.

"Knowing Saretta as a parent at the college, and as an Aboriginal artist, we commissioned her to complete a work that represented the school's imagery and ethos, but which also reflected Aboriginal stories and the local Awabakal community," Ms Skuthorpe said.

"We are delighted with the way Saretta has captured these ideas in her work."

Ms Fielding is launching her own studio gallery in Toronto on November 6 called Ninkinpa Art Gallery.

It will be open to the public on Saturday and Sunday, November 7 and 8.

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